Industry Funding Opportunities

OTTCP can help you seek sponsored research projects or gifts with industry and can oversee existing master industry Sponsored Research Agreements (SRAs) on campus. If you have a question about industry-sponsored research, please contact us.

Below are some recent funding announcements. Please check back as new opportunities will be added to this site as they are announced.

 

Vodafone Americas Foundation: Vodafone Wireless Innovation Project (Deadline February 27th, 2017 (Caltech Internal), March 6th, 2017 (to Foundation))

The Vodafone Americas Foundation™ designed the Wireless Innovation Project™ as a competition to promote innovation and increase implementation of wireless related technology for a better world. Total awards up to $600,000 will be available to support projects of exceptional promise that meet our eligibility criteria. Vodafone  will be accepting proposals through March 6, 2017. (Caltech deadline, February 27, 2017).

Applicants must demonstrate a multi-disciplinary approach that uses an innovation in wireless-related technology to address a critical global issue in one or more of the following areas:

Social Issue Areas

  • Access to communication
  • Education
  • Economic development
  • Environment
  • Health

Technical Issue Areas

  • Connectivity
  • Energy
  • Language or Literacy hurdles
  • Ease of use

The award:

Winners will be selected for awards of $100,000, $200,000, and $300,000 which will be paid in equal installments over three years.

A minimum of 15% of the total award is required to meet Caltech's institutional overhead requirement for non-federal funds. Applicants must work within their division to account for necessary overhead via an approved MORA form.

Guidelines are available at  http://vodafone-us.com/wireless-innovation-project/about-wip/terms/

Past awards/recipients http://vodafone-us.com/wireless-innovation-project/past-competitions/2013/2013-winners/

All submissions will be processed through the Office of Sponsored Research; please contact Elizabeth Hisserich and copy John Kastanas.

 


 

GlaxoSmithKline Pharmaceuticals - Discovery Fast Track Challenge (Submission accepted March 23-April 24, 2015)

Do you have a clear therapeutic hypothesis? We are looking for a coherent and supportable hypothesis for the development of a medicine that would provide therapeutic benefit to particular groups of patients.

Do you have a defined target and/or pathway? You should have identified a specific drug target linked to disease and can propose ways of modulating this to provide an effective and safe therapy,

Do you have enabling expertise? The Discovery Fast Track Challenge is a partnership. You should have generated data which provides proof of concept for your proposal and, ideally, already developed key reagents and assays.

http://openinnovation.gsk.com/challenge-sm-na/index.html

 

Vodafone Americas Foundation: Vodafone Wireless Innovation Project (Deadline February 20th, 2015 (Caltech Internal), February 27th, 2015 (to Foundation))

The Vodafone Americas Foundation™ designed the Wireless Innovation Project™ as a competition to promote innovation and increase implementation of wireless related technology for a better world. To that end, Vodafone Americas Foundation's Wireless Innovation Project™ is providing up to $600,000 in awards to support projects of exceptional promise that meet the criteria described in the Eligibility Criteria section. Vodafone  will be accepting proposals through February 27, 2015 (Caltech deadline, February 20, 2015).

Applicants must demonstrate a multi-disciplinary approach that uses an innovation in wireless-related technology to address a critical global issue in one or more of the following areas:

  • Social Issue Areas: Access to Communication, Education, Economic development, Environment, Health
  • Technical Issue Areas: Connectivity, Energy, Language or Literacy Hurdles, Ease of use

The project must be at a stage of research where an advanced prototype or field/market test can occur during the award period.

The technology should have the potential for replication and large scale impact.

Teams should have a business plan or a basic framework for financial sustainability and rollout.

The award:

  • Winners will be selected for awards of $100,000, $200,000, and $300,000 which will be paid in equal installments over three years.

Guidelines are available at  https://vodafone-us.com/wireless-innovation-project/about-wip/terms/.  

Proposals will be submitted through the Office of Sponsored Research. Please contact Elizabeth Hisserich and copy John Kastanas.

Google Request for Proposals: Open Web of Things/An Internet of Things Research and Open Innovation Expedition (Deadline January 21st, 2015)

Google is soliciting proposals for pioneering research related to the Internet of Things. This is a cross­disciplinary expedition intended to address the complex challenges and opportunities before us as we explore the next generation of systems, services and Internet­connected devices. Open innovation is a core principle of this program to make the Internet of Things a reality for everybody.

Google is planning to set up a research and open innovation expedition to explore the foundational elements necessary to enable easy development of smart and secure Internet of Things applications and services.  "We envision research at the intersection of disciplines including (but not limited to): Human Computer Interaction (HCI); Privacy & Security; Systems & Protocols.

Guidelines are available at https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B-ybA8_Lt-gwc2RUWnN5eFFoekE/edit?pli=1  

The award:

For this research expedition Google is inviting two types of one year seed research proposals

  • Expedition Lead Grant:  The one year Expedition Lead Grant ranging from USD $500,000 ­ $800,000 is meant both for program management as well as funding mostly graduate level research (PhD./post doc).
  • Individual Project Grants:  Building on the scope of the Expedition Lead Grants Google, they also are soliciting one­time awards ranging from US $50,000 to $150,000

Proposals will be submitted through the Office of Sponsored Research. Please notify OSR and John Kastanas if Caltech will have any submissions.

 

Bosch Energy Research Network (BERN) Grant Program - White Paper (Deadline January 12th, 2015)

The Bosch Group invites Caltech faculty to apply for transformative energy research funding through its Bosch Energy Research Network (BERN) grant program. BERN grants are open to faculty from a select group of universities, Caltech being one of them. 

The grant program focuses on transformative energy technology including, but not limited to, the following topics:

  • Energy Conversion, e.g., solar, wind, combustion, thermo-electric
  • Energy Storage for Transportation and Electric Utilities, e.g., lithium ion batteries, metal air batteries, flow batteries
  • Energy Usage Efficiency, e.g., microgrids, cooling systems

The grant duration is two years with a maximum amount of $150,000. Based on project performance and the availability of funding, an awarded project may be extended by one year, for a total funding duration of up to three years. 

Guidelines are available at: http://www.bosch.us/content/language1/html/8922.htm

Proposals will be submitted through the Office of Sponsored Research. Please notify OSR and Palas Policroniades if Caltech will have any submissions.